Why do we need to fact check claims made about Australia’s bushfires?

Disinformation about the fire crisis is spreading around the world, with some stories picked up and repeated by Australia’s biggest news organisations. From myths about hazard reduction and high-speed rail to incorrect statistics about arson, these claims are muddying the debate over what is to blame for the unprecedented blazes. So, what are the facts? And how can you fight back against disinformation?• Explainer: what are the underlying causes of Australia’s shocking bushfire season?You can read Graham Readfearn’s factcheck on hazard reduction claims here and his piece on the Australian’s coverage of climate science here.Christopher Knaus has written about police contradicting the arson claims and on how bots are spreading arson disinformation online. Continue reading… … Read More

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